New Orleans, La—The father of a New Orleans woman who died after being put in restraints in the city jail's psychiatric unit is suing Sheriff Marlin Gusman and several of his staffers.
Cayne Miceli, 43, had a history of asthma, panic attacks and depression but was denied adequate medical care after she arrived at the jail in January 2009, Michael Miceli of southern Alabama claims in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.
A spokesman said Gusman had no comment.
Cayne Miceli was arrested and accused of biting a police officer who tried to remove her from Tulane Medical Center, where she had been treated for an asthma attack. She was taken to the psychiatric unit in a jail operated by Gusman's office.
According to the lawsuit, Miceli stopped breathing after she was tied down in five-point restraints for more than four hours and held down by sheriff's deputies.
Michael Miceli's suit also accused Orleans Parish Prison officials of neglecting the medical needs of other inmates who have died at the jail.
Miceli wasn't married and didn't have any children. Michael Miceli's lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.